New US 2 traffic signs provide some comfort to victim's family

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 7:48 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 10 at 7:48 AM

Two new signs are now in place along State Route 2 near Gold Bar to caution drivers about the dangers of one of the state's deadliest highways.

In the past decade 60 people have died traveling between Everett and Stevens Pass, making U.S. 2 the most dangerous highway in Washington State.

Now signs that read “PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY: IN MEMORY OF THOMAS C TURNER,” are in place to honor a teen who was killed in a 2007 collision on the road. The 17-year-old Monroe High School student was returning from a ski trip to Stevens Pass.

"It’s an important day," says Tom Cock, Thomas' father. Cock says the signs bring comfort after years of advocating for safety improvement. But he says the state still has a long way to go.

"The idea that his passing can still have greater meaning to helping others, means a lot to all of us," he says.  "But until U.S. 2 is a divided highway from Everett to Stevens pass, then an over-sized number of people will die."

Since Thomas' death another 15 motorists have died in accidents on the antiquated roadway--many more people have been injured. 

 

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